People Share Why They Are Or Aren't Religious.

Religion is a very personal choice for some people. The following AskReddit users share their opinions on the topic by answering the question: "Why or why aren't you religious?" - with the utmost reflection and honesty. 

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When I was in elementary school, I was the most religious kid you would have ever meet. I dragged my parents to church on Sundays. I vowed that when I got older I would give away all of my money to the poor/charities, and I was even thinking of becoming a priest.

Then one day during 5th grade, my teacher was dictating to the class, "Only those who let Jesus into their hearts and are Catholic will be accepted into heaven."

I rose my hand and asked, "My mom is Protestant, is she going to heaven?"

"No, your mother is going to hell."

I can still remember that to this day. It just completely shattered my beliefs, and I went home crying to my parents. They raised hell at my school like no one's business, and the teacher was forced to apologize. But that was such a major blow to everything that I had believed in, and it really started me on the path of completely walking away from the church.

ev6464

I had a very similar upbringing (raised in a Catholic home, Catholic schools, etc.) and also had a world religions class that required us to speak with someone from a different faith. A classmate and I ultimately had to go to a Mosque and speak with someone there, and my other classmates went to different places of worship for Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc. After that class, that was the end of trying to establish any one religion, let alone my own, as true.

How can anyone be so convinced that their religion is the way when there are so many "ways"? It seems that the main point of all religions across all societies is to just live your life to the best of your abilities and to be a decent human being.

So needless to say, I do not believe in Catholicism or Christianity or anything as being a faith to truly hold anymore, and I'm happy for it. I think Durkheim put it best: "God is society, writ large."

SpeakSoSoftly

I was raised in a Hindu family, and whenever I was up to some mischief, my nanny would tell me, "God is always watching, and he would poke your eyes out if you get into trouble." I was six, and I would think, "If God created me and made me get in trouble... why would he punish me for that?"

I don't think I ever seriously believed in it. Whenever we went to any temples, I would admire the sculptures and all of the jewels adorned by the Gods and Goddesses, but that's it. A friend told me that when she went to a temple and saw the deity, she would feel a small shiver (of thrill? of happiness? I am not sure) go through her. I remember thinking, "Damn, why doesn't that ever happen to me?" I thought staring at the idol intently would make me shiver, but nope I felt nothing.

My mom is religious and my dad and older brother are not. I think that also had an influence on me. I didn't know that atheism was a thing until I read "God's Delusion" though, and suddenly I went, "Oh! I am one!"

But Hinduism does have some really cool stories, I will give you that. The mythologies are so intricately written and fascinating.

approval_seal

When I was in middle school and high school, I always found other religions fascinating. I was raised Christian, but my parents weren't super religious, and we never went to church. In the time that I was learning about religions, I kept wondering why any of it made sense. 

I'm more of a math/science guy, and I like to make sure things are proven. If there isn't a theory backed up with trustworthy data, then I question why anyone could think it. You can't prove God. People can swear up and down that they can feel his guiding hand, but nobody can have any concrete proof if it. That's why you need "faith". 

After questioning why it's a thing, I took world history and that opened my eyes even further. There are so many religions even some that are dead now, but they all have something in common. Zoroastrianism is an ancient Persian religion that is very close to Christianity but was created centuries beforehand. It seems like everything stems from something or another, and most God stories were created by storytellers to explain how the world worked. 

Religion was created to keep us from being afraid of the unknown. The hope it brings keeps people from worrying about things like death and disease because they have a guardian protecting them if they are holy. I am not an atheist, but neither am I religious. I will forever be a skeptic until the day I die and can see whether there is life after death, or if I just disappear into the void. Only time will tell.

Kdcarrero553

I was raised in a Baptist family, but I've never been a believer. Why? Because no matter how much I was taught to believe, I've never had a personal experience that I could, without a doubt, say that "Oh yeah, God."

My aunt and uncle recently confronted me about my atheism. I asked them this, "Do you believe in unicorns?" They said, "No, of course not." I asked them, "Why not?" They said, "They'd never seen a real living unicorn or any proof that real living unicorns existed."

If I told you I could snap a pencil in half with my bare hands, wouldn't you ask me for proof because it is easily within the realm of possibility? If I told you I could do a triple backflip into a cartwheel and land on both feet, you might believe me, but you'd probably ask to see me do it. If I told you that I could leap over my workplace building in a single bound, you likely would not believe me without some proof first.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. The more extraordinary the claim, the more extraordinary the proof that is required.

Many religious people say, "Well I've had close personal experiences with my religion. There is no doubt in my mind it was my deity/miracle/whatever." But human beings are fallible. These same people, like millions of others, have probably experienced sensory illusions such as thinking they heard someone call their name when nobody did or seeing something out of the corner of their eye that wasn't there. Yet, these trivial things get easily dismissed. So, how can I take the personal experience of a fallible human being as proof that their religion is true/their deity exists when we all know that the force of belief and the human mind allows us to play tricks on ourselves?

Show me measurable proof of anything that I could unquestionably relate to a religious experience, and then I'll start seriously rethinking my position.

Life is scary. Bad things do happen for no reason, but facing the unfair realities of life and death and coming to terms with it is extremely challenging for people, especially when your entire paradigm gets shaped for you from the time you're born to the time you become a free thinking, independent person. It basically requires going back to square one and rethinking things all over again. That is super scary and difficult and requires a lot of mental fortitude, intellectual honesty, and persistence.

I do not say that with the intent to put down anyone who is religious or belittle their beliefs. The fact is that I completely 100% know myself that looking into the existential void is scary and that religious faith brings a comfort with it that can help shelter a person from that. I just personally cannot be intellectually honest with myself and do that no matter how scary it might be.

4zen 

I studied world religions at university, and we talked a lot about modern 'religion' - how people put their faith in different things (often science) and get the cultural and social benefits of religion elsewhere. For example, religion has ritual and sports games have rituals - particular orders, chants, rules, etc. People find comfort in that and are fanatical about sports. Religion also unites people, so we find that unity in things like public displays of grief and memorials after horrible events. Religion isn't disappearing entirely - it does have social and personal benefits, but we're just finding them elsewhere now because it's harder and harder to believe things without proof in an age of information. It was really interesting.

hippiebanana

I am religious because it makes me happy, simple as that. It comforts me to think that someone somewhere is watching out for me. Yeah, you don't need religion for that, but it helps me through tough times. It really is that simple.

DimitarJ

I was in your boat for a while, not even necessarily agnostic, in that I acknowledged there was no way to know if God exists, but more so that I was avoiding thinking about it. Eventually, I sat myself down and thought for a while and decided that "Yes, I do feel there is a God. But no, he's probably not the way any one religion perceives Him."

I guess for me it comes down to being able to see the good in life. So long as I am able to do that, I will feel that there is some God watching out for me. I don't know what kind of God He is, and I don't think He's watching me every second of the day, but I do think that if I am kind, respectful, etc., He will reward me with a (generally) good life.

I guess it doesn't bother me that I haven't seen any clear signs. Since when has life been that simple? Hell, I can barely even read the signs I'm getting from the guys I date. Let alone from some unknown higher being. It all goes back to me being happy I guess. Things have gone wrong in my life, but I'm still here, and I'm still happy. That's enough proof for me. I guess this thinking would potentially fall apart under serious tragedy, but I am fortunate enough to not know if it would for sure.

NoOrdinaryDrain

I am not religious. I will preface that by saying that I am also not an Atheist. I was raised in a Methodist household, and our church was very liberal and tolerant. Nonetheless, as I reached my mid-teens, I found myself desperately wanting the depth of faith I saw in others.

I took to message boards and chat rooms, spoke to those of myriad systems of belief, and it always came to a point where my questions ended with a singular response - "Well, you must have faith." For a time after that, I ascribed to Atheism, believing that it was the logical course to take. As I grew into an adult, I found that many who declared themselves Atheists practiced the same sort of bias and discrimination as I had seen from the far more prevalent Christians I grew up around.

I'm 23 now and with the aid of our wondrous internet and a plethora of books, I've been able to examine both history and faith. My personal deduction is that it all comes down to being human. We're intelligent animals, but we're still limited in our understanding of many topics. Because of our intellect, we also obsess over eventualities or possibilities, nurture fears and complexes that would not exist were our drives simply attaining enough food and shelter to survive.

I understand the logic of faith and the areas where it can provide an individual with security or peace of mind. Both of these are invaluable things to possess. Given how many arguments I've endured about this, my stance has become rather more streamlined.

Imagine yourself in utter, pitch darkness. You cannot even see your own hand an inch in front of your face. You stand before a forest, and your goal lies on the other side. You absolutely must pass through it, and as you do, you hear the crackle of leaves, nocturnal predators, and prey, snapping twigs and the small fits of slumbering creatures. Your mind, possessing the towering drive for creativity which it does, fills your head with nightmare visages and slavering maws. Is it easier to simply say, "I must do this, and so despite my fears, I will press on." Or to give that fear up, to believe that your actions are ordained, that you are defended by some force beyond your understanding or reckoning? That to simply clutch at a talisman or invoke a name carries with it the power to see you safely on your way?

It is my humble belief that faith of one stripe or another will exist until mankind eradicates every gap of knowledge in the known universe. So long as those gaps exist, fear will fill them, and men will do their best to plaster those fears with duct tape and faith.

For me, to simply exist with the functions of a human being is enough. I do what I can to thrive in the moment, and take great joy and comfort in the simple mechanics of living, breathing, and feeling the sun beat down upon my back. I would love to have the certainty provided by a deep and abiding faith, but it remains beyond me and probably always will.

AnExplosion 

My parents are religious, and I went to a religious elementary school and junior high. I participated in rigorous Bible study programs and youth groups. I did various ministry activities, some voluntarily, others "forced" by my parents, depending on where I was with my faith at the time. I took the studying very seriously and always tried to have a personal understanding. I would question things and study with an appropriate level of skepticism so that I wouldn't be blindly following.

As I got older, the questions became larger, and more doubt developed. Eventually, I fell out of the routine of studying, and my parents allowed me to make my own choice, so I basically stopped cold turkey. For me, religion and spirituality is a very personal thing, and I could never tell someone what they feel is wrong. I still have a larger sense of spirituality that I can't simply explain, but I also find it difficult to accept.

At this point, I consider myself agnostic because I think it is truly impossible for us to understand our universe's origin. As we understand it, things can't come from nowhere, but that is completely illogical because how did matter come to exist at all? I just think there are certain things that we can't understand, and people will always try to explain it with science or religion, but in the end, does it really matter?

In some sense, religion is easier. I still frequently discuss religion, and part of me wants to believe, but that other part simply can not.

say592 

I was never a huge fan of organized religion. I used to be that Atheist, but I've calmed down a lot since becoming a huge fan of astrophysics. Just the vastness of the universe inspires enough awe within me without having to marvel at a deity. The universe is my deity in a way.

I also don't believe in an afterlife. Most people are scared of death for the fact that once you're dead, that's it, no more you, period. I feel the opposite. The idea of simply "unbeing" once you're dead gives me a great amount of inner peace, as I struggle with mental health issues, and I look forward to the day when I no longer am residing in nothingness and silence.

Science serves as my dogma and its philosophical implications serve as my afterlife. Knowing the matter that comprises my body will eventually be a part of the earth is my idea of reincarnation, and it gives me enough comfort without the need for religious authorities, prayer sites, or ancient texts.

rengear 

Though I am religious, it's not in the traditional sense.

I see God as more of a metaphor for the beauty and order of the world. God is the energy that runs through everything. What eastern philosophy would identify as "chi" or "ki". I distinctly remember visiting New Zealand and seeing the abundance of life in the flora and fauna, coupled with the unbelievably beautiful scenery. I thought to myself, "This place has a God."

I don't necessarily subscribe to any doctrine, but I do believe in a natural exchange of energy in our interactions. Ultimately this means allowing for the freest flow of energy. It's hard to put into words, but it gives me peace and direction.

Top_Chef

I started off agnostic, but then I actually gave it a chance.

I liked going because it made me happy. It was nice. So many people had tried to force me to go before (I live in the Bible Belt), but when I actually made the choice for myself, I was a lot more interested. I don't like the, "Tell your folks, tell your friends, hell tell everybody up in here" aspect but I do enjoy feeling better. I like it because it was my choice, not my parents or the old ladies that would come into my work.

blessedhellfire

When you've hit rock bottom, hope and faith are easier to hang on to other than logic.

Whether you're religious or not, respect is the most important thing.

The largest reason I'm religious, though, is because I feel what I learn is true. It gives me meaning and purpose. If I didn't believe in a God or eternal consequences for my actions, I would question why I was waking up every day. There has to be a purpose to life.

Anonymous

Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods but they are unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.

Anastik

The Buddhists have a saying that goes something like this, "Religion is a finger pointing at the moon. We would do well to remember to focus on the moon and not the finger."

lunchbockslarry

Having faith requires one to have doubt. If you don't have doubt, then you just have knowledge, not faith. It's being able to swallow that doubt and believe in something that you have no evidence of and might not make logical sense to you that makes it faith. That's how you do it.

captmonkey

I think my interest in Greek and Roman mythology was a big part of me questioning Christianity, to the point of dropping it. Thinking that those people actually believed those myths back then to the same extent that we believe in these religions today hit me like a hammer. We scoff at the idea that Zeus or Mars or Ra existed, yet we are so sure that Jesus was real.

thatguy1717

Source

Have you ever found yourself in an argument so stupid and/or pointless that you were sure you were being punked? Like you keep looking away from the other person to check your surroundings for places Ashton Kutcher and a camera crew could come popping out of?

You're not the only one.

u/Anti-hollowkid asked: What is the dumbest argument you've ever been in?

Brace yourselves, folks. Some of these arguments are breathtakingly bonkers. The sheer number of people who are willing to argue with someone over provable facts and what that other person likes or doesn't like is just ... stunning. It's stunning, you guys. Just not in a good way.

I Know What I Like

Giphy

My wife and I once argued over whether or not I liked mustard on my hot dog. I was for me liking mustard, she was against me liking mustard.

The argument lasted way longer that you could ever imagine it would.

- AardvarkAndy

A Stair Step

My brother and I argued if our staircase had 13 or 14 steps, based on an argument about if the floor of the second floor counts as a stair-step or not. We still have no solution.

- RazerWolf04

My dad is a stairbuilder and I spent many summers working at his warehouse, so I can clear this up. 14.

- Apples9308

Saturdays

My husband and I have this thing where we only say "I love you" on Saturdays. Every other day it's "I love you, but only on Saturdays." I don't know how it started, but it's been going for 11 years now.

We're both shiftworkers, so sometimes we have to stop and think what day it actually is. We had an argument recently over whether it was Saturday or not. I said it was Saturday, he said it was Friday. It was Monday.

- FormalMango

Iraq

I remember when I was about 13 my parents had an hour-long shouting match that ended with them almost getting divorced. The issue? Whether or not the nation of Iraq has a coastline.

My mother arguing that Iraq had a coastline, while my stepdad argued that it did not. This was back in 2004, and they are still quite happily married to this day. That incident is something they look back on and laugh about, and both of them admit it was really a pretty stupid thing to argue over.

- dontcryformegiratina

$40

With an ex:

"I owe you $80 for the bills of ours that you pay, and you owe me $40 for the bills of ours that I paid. Here's $40 in cash; we're even."

She did not understand this.

I literally had to go get another $40 out of the ATM, and hand the $80 to her. Then I had her hand me the $40 she owed me.

"Now how much do you have in your hand?"

She still didn't understand.

She somehow has a college degree.

- Speedly

Mini Wheats

When we were kids my brother and I got in a physical fight because he said I like mini wheats and I insisted I didn't. His argument was that I always sang the mini wheats song and I was deeply offended that he wasn't aware that it was just stuck in my head but I hated the cereal. I actually did like the cereal I'm not sure why I was arguing with him about it but I remember how genuinely angry I was.

- shicole3

Crayons

Giphy

I'll tell you about the only legal trouble I've ever been in, the fight that got me arrested. It started over whether we should return a box of crayons or not, and to this day I don't have any idea how it escalated to the point of the cops being called, but they were and I was the one taken in.

- CorrectionalChard

That's Unfair

My boyfriend insisted that when two people are in an argument and one makes a point so reasonable and logical the other one can't disagree with it - it's unfair. I tried, logically and reasonably, to explain several times why that is just winning the argument, proving your point thoroughly and is completely fair.

His answer was that I was being unfair.

- ShyAcorn

Pure Masochism

How the ch in masochism is pronounced. My friend caught me saying "masoKism" while he would say "masoSYism."

To be fair, he grew up speaking French, in which the ch in masochism is pronounced in "his" way. But he insisted that I was the wrong one here and that was just infuriating.

- argofire

Emailing NASA

A woman was adamant that looking at the big solar eclipse on the television was unsafe unless you were wearing glasses. She wouldn't believe us and insisted on emailing NASA to check.

- derawin07

A Non-Standard Ruler? 

I worked for a company that made signs. We had a customer ask for signs that were 7mm wide that were to go on a door. Our sign makers figured the order meant inches because 7mm is pretty small, so made them 7 inches. I got a phone call from the customer who went mad at me for making them the wrong size. So I put a reorder through for 7 mm.

Argued with the sign makers over it but they eventually agreed to do it after I shown them the order in writing. I even had the customer put her complaint in writing, reiterating the size they wanted.

7mm signs went out and a day later I get the customer on the phone literally screaming at me.

Cue the dumb argument - we ended up having an argument over how big a millimetre is, and obviously everyone in the office were laughing, but this customer just wouldn't accept it and said we must be using a non-standard ruler to measure.

Ended up being escalating to the sales department manager who refused to issue a refund. We still don't know what they actually meant.

- Lovelocke

This Unusual Vegan Argument

Was in a pub with a few friends, and some random Dude dropped an ear, and somehow figured I'm vegan. Well, people like him are the reason I usually avoid mentioning it. He came up to me and insisted on starting a discussion about veganism. He claimed that by the end of it, I would be eating meat again.

He listed some stupid arguments, I told him I was not convinced and then tried to keep on drinking beer with my friends. He followed me, and wanted me to "try to convert him to a vegan." I stupidly listed some of my reasons thinking it would make him go away. He told me he still was not convinced, so I was like whatever. Again, I really just wanted to drink beer with my friends.

That dude followed me all night and expected me to try make him vegan. Doesn't matter what I said, and all the reasons that for me are obviously good enough to be vegan. He'd be just like "No, that doesn't convince me, therefore your argument and how you life is stupid."

Didn't matter how often I told him that I honestly don't care; 5 minutes later he would come up to me again "I'm still not vegan, so veganism is stupid, all your arguments were stupid, now give me a good reason to become vegan!" At one point, I was literally yelling at him that I don't give a single flying f about what he eats and why, that it's in no way my responsibility to "turn somebody vegan" and in no way his business what I eat.

Honestly, for that dude, I would have bought a whole ham, just to shove it up his stupid annoying face.

- onlytruebertos

Monty Python

In college my roommate and I argued about a line in Monty Python & the Holy Grail. The scene with the Black Knight where the line "Alright, we'll call it a draw" is uttered. We argued about who said that line, whether it was King Arthur or the Black Knight.

It went on for hours longer than it should have because I was stubborn and refused to admit I was wrong.

- Skrivus

Albert or Arnold

Giphy

Whether Albert Einstein or Arnold Schwarzenegger would be more useful to have around during a Zombie apocalypse. How on earth would Albert Einstein come in handy!?

- Gerrard1995

Below Sea Level

I live on an island and when you go upland and you look out the sea looks like it's higher than or on the same level as the land. It's just a weird perspective thing because of the horizon. One day some kid says that it's because the island is under sea level.


I'm like wtf bro all of us would be with the fishes. He argues that no that's not true and if I just go upland I'll see. We then spend a good 5 minutes of my time arguing about it until I decided to leave this kid in his stupidity. He even said we shouldn't believe everything adults tell us and sometimes we need to think for ourselves.

This kid was older than me and was going to a good school. Lost my respect for him ever since then.

- -justforclout-

Tomash

Someone tried to fight with me over how to spell my name.

Now, my name is in a lot of languages with slightly different spellings. I would have accepted any of those spellings, but this one was just... Not even close. It didn't make any logical sense.


An analogous example is if my name was Thomas and someone was insisting it was spelled Tomash. And not just the name Thomas in general, but that me specifically, on my birth certificate, was named Tomash. I know how to spell my own name.

I swear to god, it went on for like an hour.

- TK-DuVeraun

Whales Are Mammals

I was in an online chat room one day, and we were talking about whales. I commented on how whales are mammals and the next thing you know, someone was arguing with me and trying to convince me that a whale was a fish.

- kawaii_psycho451

Microwaves

Stupid microwaves. Having a man child talk down to me about how microwaves work only for him to google it and prove me right. He slept on the sofa that night.

- sun_phobic

Shower Schedule

My friend keeps telling me that the norm is that a person should shower once a week. This has been going on for years. I'm almost convinced he's trolling me.

- LibrarianGovernment

No Balloons For Grandma

My cousin and I argued over a balloon going to Heaven. We were at his big sisters prom send off and he let a balloon go and it went high into the sky.

He then said this balloon will go up past space and go to Heaven and reach grandma (God rest her soul). And I was like no it's not and it's probably not even gonna reach space. Releasing balloons is terrible for the environment and kills/harms so much wildlife.

He got really mad and defensive and started telling me to google it and do my research and I'm like I don't have to google it you idiot. He was mad at me for a good week.

- Dskee02

Spontaneous Dolphin Existence

Giphy

How dolphins reproduced. It took me a few solid minutes of explaining to her that dolphins have reproductive organs and that they did not just pop into existence. The argument began with her saying she wanted to work with sea creatures.

Personally, I hope she was messing with me cause I lost a little faith in humanity that day.

- thebeststory

Male Chickens

I repeatedly had the argument with a friend over whether roosters were chickens. She was convinced that only the females were chickens (hens). We were 18 at the time.

- bee_zah

Lightning McQueen

Me and my friend were drinking underage, we ended up in an argument of whether lightning McQueen's eyes were blue or green. Somehow throughout the whole thing both of us never thought to straight up google a picture.

- 23071115

But ... Ice Floats

Waiter/Host here.

Woman wanted ice on the bottom of her drink.

Now read that sentence again and try to imagine arguing with that particular brand of stupid.

- FarWoods

Time Zones Exist

Coworker claimed that it was the same time of day and the same season on the whole globe. Had to get 4 coworkers to confirm to him that time zones do in fact exist.

- JustARegularToaster

Colorblind

My brother is colorblind. And he CONSTANTLY tries to correct me on what color things are.

"Hey could you hand me that red _____?"

"that's orange"

"no, it's red"

"orange"

"YOU CANT EVEN KNOW"

It is the base of our most common and heated arguments.

- droneb2hive

Andre 2000?

Giphy

I'm late, but I saw this question and instantly remembered that I was booted from a Facebook group because I called someone out on a lie that was not only bull, but extremely pointless. She was friends with the moderator and they made the case that my argument over such a little lie was more of a problem than the lie itself (though they didn't refer to it as a lie.)


The woman said that she used to babysit for Andre 3000 and that his name was Andre 2000 - but he changed it after the year 2000 had passed. This was so easily disproven it was ridiculous. Their debut album came out in 1994 and he was already going by Andre 3000 at that time.

The argument wasn't a huge long drawn out thing, but the fact that either of us were on Facebook at separate times meant that the responses were over a long period of time so this argument lasted a few days.

It was stupid.

- P1ST0L_Wh1PP3D

Stars Like Our Sun

I was arguing with my grandpa about stars he didn't believe that there are other stars like our sun. Basically he thought there is only the sun, the moon and the earth.

fox_boi2

Richard Nixon

I have a degree in history. I mostly focused on nationalism. Wrote a 50 page paper on it and Richard Nixon with around 50 100 sources. Looked at micro film for hours on end. Part of the paper focused on how Nixon being chair of the house committee of Unamerican Activities was used as a powerful weapon to use against political enemies. It also inspired Joe McCarthy. Have had people tell me I was wrong and Nixon was never elected to a position besides the president and Joe McCarthy came before Nixon. I stopped trying to talk history to people.


I also know quite a bit about the history of the Balkans its amazing how many Serbs refuse to believe Tito did anything wrong.

Wrote 100 page paper on nationalism in Israel. Its frustrating to talk about because for some reason a lot of people think Palestinian firing rockets randomly into Israel is ok but if Israel retaliates the people get up in arms over a targeted air strike that kills 3 people.

grumblecakes1

Balloon to Heaven

My cousin and I argued over a balloon going to Heaven. We were at his big sisters prom send off and he let a balloon go and it went high into the sky. He then said this balloon will go up past space and go to Heaven and reach grandma (God rest her soul). And I was like no it's not and it's probably not even gonna reach space.

And he got really mad and defensive and started telling me to google it and do my research and I'm like I don't have to google it you idiot. He was mad at me for a good week.

Dskee02

Binder Clips

I got into an argument with a co-worker over how we were attaching two pages of a letter together: small binder clips or paper clips.

He felt that paper clips would leave a "dent" in the paper when removed, but binder clips won't. He refused to staple them together. I felt that binder clips would also leave a "dent", so we might as well just use the paper clips.

It ended with him saying: "Do what you want [me], I don't care!" and storming off.

justantherredditgirl

Jewish

Once got accused of faking being Jewish. Why? I have no clue. We argued over the course of a month, any time I'd bring it up and she heard about it, she'd begin going after me for "faking it".

My mother's side is ethnically Jewish. Grandparents were practicing.

Aslkurloz

Nutella

Giphy

3 friends and I once got into an argument about how to pronounce Nutella. It lasted for about 3-4 months. It was hilarious how serious we took it, it'd get heated but never for real serious.

I think someone even called the company that made it to check, or that may have been for the Cheetos company. We were really bored in high school.

vault_tec_redditor

Lingerie Boxes

Late to the party, but there it is.

I'm a manager at a small store. We're only 4 working there, so my team and I grew very close and we joke around a lot. Once during a slow shift, my employee and I had an argument because we were looking at the lingerie boxes, and I thought that two specific boxes had the same woman on it, but she was 100% positive they weren't the same person.

Looking back, I don't know why it was such a big deal to us at the time, but we even called another employee who lives across the street to come and tell us what the heck was up with that. Turns out I was right, and she was pretty salty about it. It was a great night.

Meh75

Wicked Witch of the West

I almost got into an argument with an old girlfriend over Glinda the good witch from Oz. She insisted that Glinda was manipulating Dorothy to assassinate the Wicked Witch of the West and convince the Wizard to leave to create a political void she could fill.

I conceded the issue when I heard the whole premise because I thought it was too damn stupid to get worked up over.

weirdatwork2017

Keep Your Hands to Yourself

Just the other day I legit got in an argument with my co-workers on why I don't like my butt being grabbed by anyone (I'm a guy). Seriously.

They went on about "I don't mind it. Mike and I do it all the time and we don't care." Yeah, that's nice dude, but I'm not you, and there's something called "Keep your hands to yourself" (which was taught to a good portion of us growing up). Just like how Karen wouldn't like it if I touched her boobs or her grabbing your crotch or frankly ANY area you wouldn't like being grabbed, keep away. In general, you should not be touching me in any areas after I've told you not to several times before.

So unless you're sleeping me or dating me, keep your damn hands off my toosh.

Frisby2007

Telekinesis

My best friend and I argued over whether or not telekinesis was possible. Her argument was that humans don't yet know what the human brain at 100% usage was capable of, and that telekinesis was inside the possibilities.

I said the brain does use 100%, just at different times.

We didn't speak to each other for four days.

dude_bizarro

Ghosts

How dolphins reproduced and whether or not ghost existed (back to back with the same person). It took me a few solid minutes of explaining to her that dolphins have reproductive organs and that they did not just pop into existence (the argument began with her saying she wanted to work with sea creatures).


How it shifted to the existence of ghosts is a solid and reasonable question to ask (I don't remember why). I had to then proceed to tell her that ghost hunting TV shows do not constitute as undeniable evidence.

Personally, I hope she was messing with me cause I lost a little faith in humanity that day. This was in high school SO... hopefully she was kidding.

thebeststory

Dogs and Chocolate

Giphy

I told this stupid woman that chocolate is toxic to dogs. She went on to tell me how a little bit will just make them hyper and then they will calm down. I told her to google it. Her and her bf shut right up. Now they have a kid. Good luck, Jeremy and Andrea. morons.

I should also add that this argument started because Jeremy was giving his tiny dog chocolate and I told him it was toxic.

KlutzyHedgehog

Is water wet?

My roommate and I have a recurring argument over whether or not water is wet l, and whether or not a person is considered wet underwater.

For the record, it is no to both questions.

SFCopperhead

Mission Trip

A kid a church telling me about the mission trip I went on. Not only was I not on that trip, but I had never been on any mission trip. We were good friends, so it's not like he would've mistaken someone else for me.

He insisted I was there as if an entire week long trip would just fall out of my memory. He even had stories of things we'd done together. I'm not sure if he thought I was lying, joking, stupid, or crazy, but I was pretty sure he was some combination thereof.

SirRogers

Dragon Tales

One time I got into a shouting match with my mom and little brother in the car. The issue? The names of the two-headed dragon from the PBS kids afternoon show Dragon Tales. I swore it was Zack and Macie.

It was actually Zak and Wheezie. I don't even remember why we were yelling about it.

MistalQueensglaive

Green Or Yellow?

When I was about 15 or so my mother and I spent about 20-30 minutes arguing about the color of a shirt. We agreed it was blue/green, but to me it was just a shade more blue, while to her it was just a bit more green.

Turns out, your eyeballs yellow as you age and hers were 24 years yellower than mine, so I think that skewed her color vision.

BugsRatty

Stars In Their Multitude

Giphy

I once got in an argument over whether or not a line from the song "Stars" in Les Mis says "...but mine is the way of the lord" or "mine is the way of the law".

I didn't even really care what he thought but he was so adamant and cocky that it got me heated. By the end of it we were shouting at each other and I had to apologize, which I think is what he wanted the whole time.

theedjman

Colorblind

My brother is colorblind. And he CONSTANTLY tries to correct me on what color things are.

"Hey could you hand me that red _____?" "that's orange" "no, it's red" "orange" "YOU CANT EVEN KNOW".

It is the base of our most common and heated arguments.

droneb2hive

Hot Water

About five years ago, my girlfriend (now wife) once had a very intense argument about whether or not hot water cleaned things better than cold water.

She genuinely believed that water temperature didn't matter. This is someone who has not one, but two masters degrees.

We argued for something like 2 hours, and we seriously almost broke up over the whole thing.

moniker5000

Biology Class

I had an argument with a girl IN THE MIDDLE OF A BIOLOGY CLASS in high school about how humans are not mammals. She thought a human was a human and we are not mammals because "mammals are animals and humans are not animals"

I tried explaining to her the difference between reptiles and mammals and how humans fall under the mammal category to try and educate her... but she just wouldn't listen.

I still have no idea why the BIOLOGY teacher did not get involved...

10d4plus8

Solid Or Liquid?

Some classmates and I got into a heated debate as to whether or not the human body could count as a soup, salad, or sandwich. The teacher got mad at us, but hey! All we were doing was watching a movie.

For the record, my logic lays with soup- Liquid contained within a solid, at a hot temperature.

ScreamingPotoo